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Encyclopedia > Oz (TV series)
Oz
From left to right: Ryan O'Reily, Vernon Schillinger, Miguel Alvarez, Tobias Beecher, Kareem Saïd. And in the front, Augustus Hill.
The cast of Oz
Format Drama
Created by Tom Fontana
Starring Harold Perrineau Jr.
Lee Tergesen
J.K. Simmons
Eamonn Walker
Dean Winters
Kirk Acevedo
Christopher Meloni
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Ernie Hudson
Terry Kinney
Rita Moreno
B.D. Wong
Lauren Vélez
Kristin Rohde
Edie Falco
Kathryn Erbe
Mark Margolis
Scott William Winters
Luis Guzman
Leon Robinson
Luke Perry
Tony Musante
Robert Clohessy
David Zayas
J.D. Williams
Evan Seinfeld
Lance Reddick
muMs da Schemer
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 56 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time approximately 60 mins
(commercial-free)
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run July 12, 1997February 23, 2003
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by HBO. It aired for six seasons between 1997 and 2003. Image File history File links Poster for the show Oz. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... Tom Fontana is an American writer, producer born on 12 September 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA He is the producer for Oz, The Jury, and Homicide: Life on the Street. ... Harold Perrineau Jr. ... Lee Tergesen (born July 8, 1965 in Ivoryton, Connecticut) is an American actor. ... Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955, Detroit, Michigan) is an American character actor. ... Eamonn Walker (born June 12th 1962) is a British film, television and theatre actor. ... Dean Winters (born on July 20, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Ryan OReily on HBOs Oz. ... Kirk Acevedo (born November 27, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent, best known for his performances as Miguel Alvarez in Oz and Hector Salazar in Law & Order: Trial by Jury. ... Christopher Peter Meloni (born on April 2, 1961) is an American Emmy-nominated actor known for his near opposite roles as the protective and committed Det. ... Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje   (born August 22, 1967 in Islington, London, England) is a British/Nigerian actor and a former male fashion model. ... Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. ... Terry Kinney(b. ... Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is a singer, dancer and an Academy Award-winning actress and the first and only Puerto Rican actress in history (as well as one of only nine people) to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony... B.D. Wong in L&O:SVU B.D. Wong (Chinese: 黃榮亮; Hanyu Pinyin: ; born October 24, 1962) is an openly gay American actor who has had roles in All American Girl, Oz, Jurassic Park and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ... Lauren Vélez Born 2 November 1964 Brooklyn, New York. ... Kristin Rohde is an actress who played Officer Claire Howell in Oz. ... Edith Falco (born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film and stage actress best known for her lead role as Carmela Soprano on HBOs award winning hit series The Sopranos, as well as Diane Wittlesey on the HBO show Oz. ... Kathryn Erbe (born July 5, 1966) is an American actress best known for her role as Detective Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spin-off of Law & Order. ... Mark Margolis (born 1939 in Pennsylvania) is an Greek-American actor, who has been making movies since 1976. ... Scott William Winters (born August 5, 1965 in New York City) is an American actor. ... Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor. ... Leon Preston Robinson IV (born March 8, 1962) is an American actor and singer. ... Luke Perry (born Coy Luther Perry III on October 11, 1966)[1] is an American actor best known for his role as Dylan Michael McKay in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. ... Tony Musante (b. ... Robert Clohessy is an Irish-American actor, best known for playing Correctional Officer Sean Murphy on the HBO drama Oz. ... Television: Burn Notice (2007). ... Williams appearing as Bodie Broadus in The Wire. ... Evan Seinfeld (born December 29, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York) is an adult film actor, director and heavy metal vocalist for the band, The Spyderz. ... Lance Reddick is an American actor born in Baltimore, Maryland. ... muMs da Schemer (b. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Television drama series is a genre that deals with generally non-epic situations in a serious, dramatic manner. ... Tom Fontana is an American writer, producer born on 12 September 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA He is the producer for Oz, The Jury, and Homicide: Life on the Street. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ...


Oz is the nickname for the Oswald State Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison of undisclosed location. Many of the plot arcs are set in Emerald City ("Em City"), an experimental unit of the prison in which the unit manager attempts to emphasize rehabilitation and learning responsibility during incarceration. Emerald City is a controlled environment where there are a limited number of members of each racial and social group. In literature, a plot is all the events in a story particularly rendered towards the achievement of some particular artistic or emotional effect. ...


Oz avoids any easy answers as to the origin of violence and criminality. Even its worst inmates exhibit moments of humanity whereas its relatively normal characters do commit atrocities as well. One of the perspectives proposed by Oz is that the wide-scale rehabilitation of prisoners is almost impossible if prisoners have no desire to change. The show focused extensively on the abuse of prisoners' rights, on counter-perspectives for/against the death penalty, and on the large increase of the incarcerated population in the U.S since the late 1990s. The movement for Prisoners rights is based on the principle that prisoners, even though they are deprived of liberty, are still entitled to basic human rights. ...


The large ensemble cast included Rita Moreno, Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney and Betty Buckley; later Law & Order stars Kathryn Erbe, Christopher Meloni, B. D. Wong, J. K. Simmons, Dean Winters and Kirk Acevedo; Lost stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Harold Perrineau Jr.; Dexter stars Erik King, David Zayas, and Lauren Vélez.; The Sopranos Edie Falco. Many of the actors from Oz have appeared as guest stars on The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Black Donnellys, New York Undercover, 24, Lost, the TV series Dexter, and in the various Law & Order series. An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ... Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is a singer, dancer and an Academy Award-winning actress and the first and only Puerto Rican actress in history (as well as one of only nine people) to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony... Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. ... Terry Kinney(b. ... Betty Lynn Buckley (born July 3, 1947) is an American theater, film, and television actress. ... The term Law & Order franchise is commonly used to describe a number of related American television programs created by Dick Wolf and originally broadcast on NBC, all of which deal with some aspect of the New York City criminal justice system. ... Kathryn Erbe (born July 5, 1966) is an American actress best known for her role as Detective Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spin-off of Law & Order. ... Christopher Peter Meloni (born on April 2, 1961) is an American Emmy-nominated actor known for his near opposite roles as the protective and committed Det. ... Bradley Darryl Wong (born October 24, 1960), known as B.D. Wong, and Ba Dass Wong, is a Tony Award-winning American actor who is best-known for his role in the Broadway production of M. Butterfly and for his role as Dr. George Huang on NBCs Law & Order... Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955) is an American character actor. ... Dean Winters (born on July 20, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Ryan OReily on HBOs Oz. ... Kirk Acevedo (born November 27, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent, best known for his performances as Miguel Alvarez in Oz and Hector Salazar in Law & Order: Trial by Jury. ... LOST redirects here. ... Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje   (born August 22, 1967 in Islington, London, England) is a British/Nigerian actor and a former male fashion model. ... Harold Perrineau Jr. ... For the Hanna-Barbera animated series, see Dexters Laboratory. ... Erik King as Sgt. ... Television: Burn Notice (2007). ... Lauren Vélez Born 2 November 1964 Brooklyn, New York. ... This article is about the television series. ... Edith Falco (born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film and stage actress best known for her lead role as Carmela Soprano on HBOs award winning hit series The Sopranos, as well as Diane Wittlesey on the HBO show Oz. ... For others uses of the term, see The Wire (disambiguation). ... Homicide: Life on the Street is an American television drama series chronicling the life of a fictional Baltimore police homicide unit. ... This article is about the 2007 NBC Television Program. ... New York Undercover was a one-hour urban police drama, which ran on the Fox Broadcasting Company network from 1994 to 1998. ... For other uses, see 24 (disambiguation). ... LOST redirects here. ... This article is about the original television series. ...

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Style

Oz is narrated by Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau), a former drug dealer and ex-junkie. Now confined to a wheelchair, he appears in surreal segments or introductions that usually relate to an overall theme of the episode, setting up scenes, introducing characters, or adding epilogues. When necessary, usually when a character is introduced, Hill appears omniscient, as a tool of the writers, and narrates the details of character's lives, their prison number, their crimes, and sentences. Hill appeared as a recurring character within the shows' story lines until the sixth season, in which narration was taken up by various deceased characters, and Hill as well. The narrations by Hill are thus a form of breaking the fourth wall. He did not address the camera during scenes where he was interacting with the other characters in the story. Once in the show Hill appeared to address another character with one of his narrations: in the season 3 episode "Unnatural Disasters" Adebisi turns on a computer to see Hill dressed as a pharaoh speaking to him. (However, the unusual sight is quickly discarded by him as a drug-induced hallucination, and he never speaks of it.) Augustus Hill. ... The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...


The narration made by Augustus Hill over the series is similar in both purpose and execution to the role of the Greek chorus in Ancient theatre, both providing plot exposition, as well as commenting upon the events of the stories, giving the audience a clearer understanding of the narrative's moral/thematic standpoint. The Greek chorus (choros) is believed to have grown out of the Greek dithyrambs and tragikon drama in tragic plays of the ancient Greek theatre. ...


Cast and characters

Main article: Characters of Oz

Oz's initial starring cast consisted of 15 actors. Four of these were credited as "Starring": Ernie Hudson as Leo Glynn, the warden of Oz, Terry Kinney as Emerald City unit manager Tim McManus, Harold Perrineau as prisoner Augustus Hill, the narrator, and Eamonn Walker as new inmate and devout Muslim Kareem Said. Credited as "Also Starring" were: Edie Falco as correctional officer Diane Wittlesey, Rita Moreno as prison counselor Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, Kirk Acevedo as Latino inmate Miguel Alvarez, Leon Robinson as prisoner Jefferson Keane, J.K. Simmons as prisoner Vernon Schillinger, the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood in Oz, Tony Musante as incarcerated mafia boss Nino Schibetta, Lee Tergesen as another new inmate called Tobias Beecher, Sean Whitesell as cannibalistic inmate Donald Groves, Dean Winters as manipulative Irish inmate Ryan O'Reily, and B.D. Wong as the prison chaplain Father Ray Mukada. During the season, Robinson and Whitesell left after their characters were executed and Musante left following his character's murder. The characters of Oz are a diverse mixture of inmates from various gangs and prison staff. ... Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. ... Warden Leo Glynn Leo Glynn (played by Ernie Hudson) is the warden of the Oswald state correctional facility on the HBO drama Oz. ... Terry Kinney(b. ... Tim McManus Tim McManus is a fictional character on HBOs prison drama Oz. ... Actor Harold Perrineau played Augustus Hill in HBOs Oz. ... Eamonn Walker (born June 12th 1962) is a British film, television and theatre actor. ... Kareem Saïd Kareem Saïd is a character played by British actor Eamonn Walker on the American television show Oz. ... Edith Falco (born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film and stage actress best known for her lead role as Carmela Soprano on HBOs award winning hit series The Sopranos, as well as Diane Wittlesey on the HBO show Oz. ... Officer Diane Wittlesey is a fictional character played by Edie Falco on the television program Oz. ... Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is a singer, dancer and an Academy Award-winning actress and the first and only Puerto Rican actress in history (as well as one of only nine people) to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony... Sister Peter Marie Reimondo aka Sister Pete is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz played by Rita Moreno. ... Kirk Acevedo (born November 27, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor of Puerto Rican and Chinese descent, best known for his performances as Miguel Alvarez in Oz and Hector Salazar in Law & Order: Trial by Jury. ... Miguel Alvarez. ... Leon Preston Robinson IV (born March 8, 1962) is an American actor and singer. ... Jefferson Keane is a fictional character in the HBO prison drama Oz. ... Jonathan Kimble Simmons (born January 9, 1955, Detroit, Michigan) is an American character actor. ... Vernon Schillinger. ... Tony Musante (b. ... Nino Schibetta played by Tony Musante is the original leader of the Italians in Oz. ... Lee Tergesen (born July 8, 1965 in Ivoryton, Connecticut) is an American actor. ... Tobias Beecher is a fictional character on the television show Oz, played by American actor Lee Tergesen. ... Donald Groves is a fictional character on the HBO prison drama Oz, played by Sean Whitesell. ... Dean Winters (born on July 20, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Ryan OReily on HBOs Oz. ... Ryan OReily is a fictional character in the television series Oz. ... B.D. Wong in L&O:SVU B.D. Wong (Chinese: 黃榮亮; Hanyu Pinyin: ; born October 24, 1962) is an openly gay American actor who has had roles in All American Girl, Oz, Jurassic Park and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Season two saw several new additions. Recurring guest stars Lauren Vélez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and George Morfogen joined the main cast. Vélez played prison doctor Gloria Nathan, Akinnuoye-Agbaje played the leader of the Homeboys gang, Simon Adebisi and Morfogen played long-term inmate Bob Rebadow. Also, Acevedo, Moreno, Simmons, Tergesen and Winters joined Hudson, Kinney, Perrineau and Walker as the top billed cast-members. Lauren Vélez Born 2 November 1964 Brooklyn, New York. ... Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje   (born August 22, 1967 in Islington, London, England) is a British/Nigerian actor and a former male fashion model. ... Dr. Gloria Nathan is fictional character played by Lauren Vélez, on the HBO drama Oz. ... Simon Adebisi Simon Adebisi is a character played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on the HBO dramatic series Oz, set in an experimental prison unit. ... Robert Bob Rebadow is a fictional character from the television series Oz played by George Morfogen, a drama series on HBO that portrays a maximum security prison and follows the lives of the inmates in the prison. ...


Season three saw Akinnuoye-Agbaje receive top billing, with new additions Kathryn Erbe as Shirley Bellinger, who was on death row for killing her daughter, Luis Guzman as Latino gang-leader Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez, Mark Margolis as mob boss Antonio Nappa, and Christopher Meloni as Beecher's love interest Chris Keller, all of which had been recurring guests the previous season. Kathryn Erbe (born July 5, 1966) is an American actress best known for her role as Detective Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spin-off of Law & Order. ... Shirley Bellinger Shirley Bellinger is a fictional character in the HBO series Oz played by Kathryn Erbe. ... Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor. ... Spoiler warning: El Cid Raoul El Cid Hernandez is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz played by Luis Guzman. ... Mark Margolis (born 1939 in Pennsylvania) is an Greek-American actor, who has been making movies since 1976. ... Spoiler warning: Antonio Nappa played by Mark Margolis is an Italian mob boss sentenced to Oz for killing a man in a strip bar. ... Christopher Peter Meloni (born on April 2, 1961) is an American Emmy-nominated actor known for his near opposite roles as the protective and committed Det. ... Chris Keller. ...


Main Crew

Tom Fontana is an American writer, producer born on 12 September 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA He is the producer for Oz, The Jury, and Homicide: Life on the Street. ... Barry Levinson Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. ... Irene Burns is an American television producer who has worked on shows such as 30 Rock and Oz. ... Adam Bernstein (born May 7, 1960) is an American film and television director and scriptwriter. ...

Episodes and broadcast history

Main article: List of Oz episodes

Oz took advantage of the freedoms of premium cable to show material that would be too extreme for traditional American broadcast television: coarse language, drug use, violence, male frontal nudity, homosexuality, rape, ethnic and religious conflict. In Australia, Oz was screened on the free-to-air channel SBS. This was also the case in Israel, where Oz was displayed on the free-to-air commercial Channel 2, in Italy where it was aired on the free-to-air Italia 1, in the United Kingdom where Channel 4 aired the show late at night, in Ireland on TG4 where it was shown at 11pm, and in Brazil, where it was aired by the SBT Network Corporation, also late at night. In The Netherlands, Oz aired on the commercial Channel RTL 5 and in Sweden and Norway, Oz aired on the commercial channels TV3 and ZTV late at night, and in Finland, on the free-to-air channel Nelonen (TV4). In Canada, Oz aired on the Showcase Channel at 10pm EST. In Denmark, Oz appeared late night on the non-commercial public service channel DR1. In Spain the show aired on Canal+, a premium channel. In Estonia, as well as Croatia, the show was aired late at night on public non-commercial state-owned channels, ETV and HRT, respectively. In Bosnia and Herzegovina it was aired on the federal TV station called FTV. In Portugal Oz aired late at night on SIC Radical, one of the SIC channels in the cable network. In France the show aired on a commercial cable channel 'Serie Club', also late at night. In Turkey, Oz was aired on Cine5, DiziMax also aired the re-runs. In Serbia, Oz was aired on RTV BK Telecom. In Panama, Oz was aired on RPC Channel 4 in a latetime hour. In India, reruns of Oz are aired on Zee Cafe in the late night slot (11 pm IST), albeit with some scenes deleted and adult language "muted" out. The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... 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The program's seasonal length (eight episodes, Seasons 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; sixteen episodes, Season 4) is an example of a trend for cable network programming to feature shorter seasons than American free-to-air channels, which typically feature more than twenty episodes per season.


References in other media

  • In an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Johnathan and Andrew are locked up in the local Sunnydale jailhouse. Johnathan is paranoid about jail, but Andrew scathingly reminds him, "This isn't Oz; this is Mayberry."
  • An episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live hosted by Jerry Seinfeld featured an "episode" of Oz (using the actual set and actors) where Jerry, as the character who was sent to prison during the final episode of Seinfeld and the actor, is transferred to Em City; the short film combines and parodies memorable moments in both series.
  • Saturday Night Live's rival sketch show MADtv did two Oz parodies: one with Bill Cosby (Aries Spears) in jail (called Coz) and another where Martha Stewart (played by Mo Collins) is sent to the Oswald Correctional Facility and uses her recipes and home decorating ideas to kill the other prisoners.
  • The episode Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High of FOX's Family Guy featured Lois Griffin believing her son Chris to have killed a man, whereas it was actually the man's wife who did the deed. Lois briefly contemplates calling the police but forgets it, stating "I can't call the police. I have to get rid of this body or Chris will go to prison, and we all know what happens in prison showers! I've seen Oz!"' It then cuts to a group of naked inmates scrubbing each others backs in the shower singing a song to the tune to Merry Old Land Of Oz from The Wizard of Oz.
  • The Arrested Development episode "Visiting Ours" featured a young, traumatized George Michael Bluth watching an episode of Oz, mistaking the show for the film The Wizard of Oz; as a result, George Michael spends the entire series petrified of prisons.
  • In an episode of the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken a segment parodies Oz starring the Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz" who gets shanked with a shiv in the cafeteria.
  • The South Park episode "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000," in which character Eric Cartman is sent to juvenile hall, is a clear parody of Oz, even featuring the show's theme song.
  • The Simpsons episode "The Seven-Beer Snitch" features Homer Simpson becoming a snitch and receiving a series of gifts and privileges, one of which being an "adorable little hat" identical to the one worn by Simon Adebisi in Oz.
  • The Venture Bros. episode "Powerless in the Face of Death" features music similar to the Oz opening theme during a prison scene.
  • On HBO Series Six Feet Under, characters David Fisher and Keith Charles are seen watching Oz and talking about the show on occasion.
  • On a Season 3 episode of another HBO Series "The Wire", Omar Little and Dante are seen watching an intimate scene from a Season 6 episode of Oz between Tobias Beecher and Chris Keller. The Oz-related slang phrase "gen-pop" is also used occasionally.
  • On one episode of Queer as Folk (North American TV series), Brian's nephew says he hopes Brian is sent to jail and anally raped by a black man. Justin comments that his parents must have HBO.
  • On an episode of "The O.C.", when Seth is picking out a comic to give to Ryan's brother in jail, Ryan suggests a different one and Seth says "The guy's in prison man, have you seen Oz? I'm sure that'll be fine..."
  • In Tyler Perry's play I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea was talking to Vianne about potential names for her child if she and Bobby, an ex-con, have children and Madea stated as one name, "This is my new born, Oz."
  • On an episode of "The Simpsons" Chef Wiggum asks a criminal if prison is like what they show in Oz.

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The series was co-produced by HBO and Rysher Entertainment, and the underlying US rights lie with HBO, which has released the entire series on DVD in North America. The international rights were owned originally by Rysher, then Paramount Pictures/Television after that company acquired Rysher. CBS Paramount International Television currently owns the international TV rights, and Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD owns the international DVD rights (the first four seasons have been released outside the US. The fifth season is scheduled for a June 2008 Release outside of the US). For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Rysher Entertainment is the owner of TV and film programming content, primarily distributed around the world by CBS Paramount International Television and Paramount Home Entertainment. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by CBS Corporation merging Paramount Television and CBS Productions. ... CBS Paramount International Television (CPITV) is a multinational television production/distribution arm of CBS Paramount Television and owned by CBS Corporation that was formed in 2004 by Viacom, as a result of a merger between two television companies, CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... CBS Home Entertainment (formerly CBS Video Enterprises) is the home video entertainment arm of CBS, Inc. ...


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Oz (TV series)

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References

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Books

  • OZ -- Behind These Walls: The Journal of Augustus Hill, (ISBN 0-06-052133-3)

Sources

  • Season 1, Episode 2, DVD Commentary on "Oz: The Complete First Season."

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... TV.com is a website belonging to the CNET Games and Entertainment family of websites. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... The following is a list of the episodes of the HBO television drama, Oz. ... Warden Leo Glynn Leo Glynn (played by Ernie Hudson) is the warden of the Oswald state correctional facility on the HBO drama Oz. ... Tim McManus Tim McManus is a fictional character on HBOs prison drama Oz. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Dr. Gloria Nathan is fictional character played by Lauren Vélez, on the HBO drama Oz. ... Spoiler warning: Martin Querns Martin Querns is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz, played by Reg. ... Sean Murphy is played by Robert Clohessy is an Irish American Correctional Officer on the HBO drama Oz. ... Officer Diane Wittlesey is a fictional character played by Edie Falco on the television program Oz. ... Claire Howell is played by Kristin Rohde and is a female Correctional Officer on the HBO Drama Oz. ... Clayton Hughes was a character played by Seth Gilliam on the HBO dramatic series Oz, which took place in an experimental prison unit. ... Rick Heim played by Paul Schulze is a correctional officer and SORT team member on the HBO drama Oz. ... Karl Metzger is a guard on the HBO dramatic series Oz, played by Bill Fagerbakke. ... Eugene Rivera is a fictional character played by Nelson Vasquez in the HBO drama Oz. ... Dave Brass is a Correctional Officer on the HBO drama Oz played by Blake Robbins. ... Governor James Devlin Governor James Devlin played by Željko Ivanek is a politician on the HBO drama Oz. ... Hank Schillinger Hank Schillinger played by Andrew Barchilon is a character on the HBO drama Oz. ... Special Agent Pierce Taylor Pierce Taylor is an FBI agent on the HBO drama Oz, played by Robert John Burke. ... Alvah Case played by Charles S. Dutton is a law school dean on the HBO drama Oz sent to investigate the causes of the 1997 riot at the request of Governor James Devlin. ... Paul Markstrom Paul Markstrom played by O.L. Duke is an undercover African American police detective who comes to Oz for purposes of busting the drug trade within Ozs walls. ... Spoiler warning: Desmond Mobay/Detective Johnny Basil Desmond Mobay is played by Lance Reddick on the HBO show Oz. ... The Muslims are a Black Militant group within Oz that looks to salvage the African American prisoners within Oz and rise up against the racial injustices of the criminal justice system. ... Zahir Arif Zahir Arif aka Jerome Van Dyke is a fictional character on the HBO series Oz, played by Granville Adams. ... Nacim Bismilla Nacim Bismilla is a Muslim inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Ra Hanna. ... Sanjay Afsana Sanjay Afsana is a Muslim inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Conrad Lindsey. ... Huseni Mershah Huseni Mershah aka James Monroe Madison is a Muslim inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Roger Guenveur Smith. ... Ahmad Lalar Ahmad Lalar is a Muslim inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Chris Gardner. ... Jamal Yusef Jamal Yusef is a Muslim inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Avery Glymph. ... The Homeboys are the African American prisoners of Oz associated with the drug dealing business. ... Simon Adebisi Simon Adebisi is a character played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje on the HBO dramatic series Oz, set in an experimental prison unit. ... Burr Redding. ... Jefferson Keane is a fictional character in the HBO prison drama Oz. ... Arnold Poet Jackson Poet, played by muMs da Schemer, is a fictional character in the HBO series Oz. ... Kenny Wangler Kenny Bricks Wangler is a fictional character in the HBO drama Oz, played by actor J.D. Williams. ... Junior Pierce played by Malé Baby Alexander, is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz. ... Malcolm Coyle is a prisoner on the television show Oz played by Treach of the rap group Naughty By Nature. ... Supreme Allah Supreme Allah aka Kevin Ketchum played by Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian is a member of The Nation of Gods and Earths as a Five Percenter inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... Reggie Rawls is an African American Oz prisoner played by Mtume Gant. ... Spoiler warning: Carlton Tug Daniels is an Oz inmate played by Method Man of the Wu Tang Clan. ... Mondo Browne Raymond Mondo Browne, played by Gano Grills, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series Oz. ... Johnny Post Johnny Post (played by Tim McAdams) is an African American prisoner on the HBO drama Oz. ... Leroy Tidd is a fictional character on the series Oz, an African American inmate played by Jacques Smith. ... The Aryan Brotherhood in the TV series Oz is a gang of white supremacist inmates led by Vernon Schillinger. ... Vernon Schillinger. ... James Robson. ... Spoiler warning: Mark Mack is an Aryan Brotherhood member on the HBO drama Oz. ... Wolfgang Cutler is a fictional character on the television show Oz, played by Brendan Kelly. ... Franklin Winthrop Franklin Winthrop is a fictional character in the HBO series Oz, played by Andy Powers. ... Carl Jenkins Season 4 Part II Carl Jenkins played by Joshua Harto is an inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... The Bikers of Oz are a White gang of inmates that are heavily tattooed and quick tempered. ... Scott Ross, played by Stephen Gevedon, is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz. ... Jaz Hoyt Jaz Hoyt is a fictional character played by Evan Seinfeld on the television program Oz. ... Max Sands Max Sands is a Biker inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Mike Arotsky. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... On the prison drama Oz, the Italian inmates are Mafia members of Sicilian origin imprisoned for a variety of crimes who run almost everything illegal in Oz. ... Nino Schibetta played by Tony Musante is the original leader of the Italians in Oz. ... Peter Schibetta Peter Schibetta is a fictional character on the HBO series Oz, portrayed by Eddie Malavarca. ... Spoiler warning: Antonio Nappa played by Mark Margolis is an Italian mob boss sentenced to Oz for killing a man in a strip bar. ... Dino Ortolani, played by Jon Seda, is an Italian American inmate who appeared in the first episode of Oz. ... Charles Pancamo Charles Chucky The Enforcer Pancamo is a fictional character, played by Chuck Zito, on the HBO series Oz. ... Francis Urbano aka Frank The Fixer is an Italian inmate who is a famed hitman. ... Salvatore DeSanto is an Italian inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Phil Campanella. ... Joey DAngelo Joey DAngelo is an Italian inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Goodfella Mike G. He appears in Season 1 assisting Nino Schibetta in their many operations throughout Oz. ... Don Zanghi Don Zanghi played by John Palumbo is an Italian inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... Mario Seggio Mario Seggio, played by Todd Alan Etelson, is an Italian inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... The Latino inmates of Oz, nicknamed El Norte, are a group that often is more focused on making a credible presence within Oz than controlling illegal businesses in Oz. ... Miguel Alvarez. ... Carlos Rodrigo Carlos Rodrigo, played by Benny Nieves is a Latino inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... Carmen Chico Guerra is a Hispanic inmate on Oz played by Otto Sanchez. ... Spoiler warning: El Cid Raoul El Cid Hernandez is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz played by Luis Guzman. ... Carlo Ricardo Carlo Ricardo is an inmate in HBOs prison drama Oz played by Juan Carlos Hernandez. ... Enrique Morales played by David Zayas is one of the most powerful Latinos on Oz. ... Carlos Martinez Carlos Martinez played by Carlos Leon is a Hispanic inmate on Oz sentenced to Life Without Parole in 1998 for two counts of murder. ... Jaime Velez Jaime Velez played by Christopher Rivera is a Latino inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... Ryan OReily is a fictional character in the television series Oz. ... Cyril OReily Cyril OReily is a fictional character, played by American actor Scott William Winters, on the HBO drama Oz. ... Padraig Connolly Padraig Connolly, played by Brian F. OByrne, is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz. ... Timmy Kirk is a fictional character from the HBO prison drama Oz played by Sean Dugan. ... Seamus OReilly is a fictional character on the HBO prison drama, Oz. ... William Cudney William Cudney, played by Will Cote, is a member of the Christian inmates on the HBO prison drama Oz. ... Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier is a fictional character on the HBO prison drama Oz, played by Luke Perry. ... Jonathan Coushaine is a character in Oz (TV series) played by Bryan Callen. ... Robert Sippel is a fictional character played by David Lansbury in the HBO drama Oz. ... Billie Keane, played by Derrick Simmons, is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz. ... Spoiler warning: Richie Hanlon is a fictional character on the TV show Oz. ... Jason Cramer is a prisoner on the HBO drama Oz played by Robert Bogue. ... Nat Natalie Ginzburg Nat Ginzburg aka Natalie is an inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Charles Busch. ... Alonzo Torquemada Alonzo Torquemada is a fictional character on the HBO drama Oz played by Bobby Cannavale. ... Tobias Beecher is a fictional character on the television show Oz, played by American actor Lee Tergesen. ... Augustus Hill. ... Chris Keller. ... Robert Bob Rebadow is a fictional character from the television series Oz played by George Morfogen, a drama series on HBO that portrays a maximum security prison and follows the lives of the inmates in the prison. ... Agamemnon Busmalis is a fictional character from the television series Oz, played by Tom Mardirosian. ... Omar White is an African American inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Michael Wright. ... Shirley Bellinger Shirley Bellinger is a fictional character in the HBO series Oz played by Kathryn Erbe. ... Andrew Schillinger Andrew Peter Schillinger, played by Frederick Koehler, is an inmate on the HBO drama Oz. ... Spoiler warning: Nikolai Stanislofsky was a prisoner on HBOs Oz in Season 3 and 4. ... Jia Kenmin Jia Kenmin is an Asian-American inmate on the HBO drama Oz played by Michael Delmare. ... Donald Groves is a fictional character on the HBO prison drama Oz, played by Sean Whitesell. ... William Giles is a fictional character on HBOs prison drama Oz. ... Henry Brewster Stanton (1805–87) was a 19th century abolitionist and social activist. ... Ricardo Alvarez. ... Lemuel Idzik. ... Jackson Vahue is a fictional character from the HBO prison drama Oz played by Rick Fox. ...

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Oz (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2391 words)
Oz is the nickname for the Oswald State Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison of unknown location.
The Latinos in Oz are mostly of Puerto Rican ancestry.
Oz took advantage of the freedoms of premium cable to show material that would be too extreme for traditional American broadcast television: coarse language, drug use, violence, male frontal nudity, homosexuality, rape, and ethnic and religious conflict.
Angel (TV series) at AllExperts (1329 words)
The series detailed the ongoing trials of the vampire Angel, who had his human soul restored to him as a punishment after more than a century of murder and torture of innocents, leaving him tormented by guilt and remorse.
During the first four seasons of the show, he worked as a private detective in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, California, where he and a variety of associates worked to "help the helpless" and to restore the faith and "save the souls" of those who had lost their way.
The original concept for the series was a dramatic modernization of the classical noir detective story, which gained popularity in large part through the works of Raymond Chandler.
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